Portsmouth Abbey School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
285 Cory's Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Tel: 401-643-1248
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 360 students
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  • Portsmouth Abbey School is a Catholic, co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12.
  • The school is located on a beautiful 525-acre campus along Narragansett Bay, just a few miles from Newport, RI. For 90 years the Abbey`s liberal arts curriculum has been preparing students for lives of significance and purpose.
  • This education is grounded in the Western intellectual tradition and teaches students to solve problems, communicate ideas, work together, and innovate.

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  • Arcadia University
    At Portsmouth Abbey School, the community is so engrained with basic Benedictine values that are so evident in the vibe of the campus. When yo was around everyone says hi to each other and is. . .
  • Bowdoin College
    One thing that makes us unique from other schools is our religious aspect. We were founded by a Benedictine Catholic monastery that still is active, and it influences campus life. We have mass every Sunday. . .
  • Tufts University
    Portsmouth Abbey is located right alongside Narragansett Bay. The location sets it apart from any other schools because of all the unique opportunities of a bayside campus. On any given warm spring or fall day. . .
  • Ohio State University
    Portsmouth Abbey, located on the gorgeous Rhode Island coast overlooking Narragansett Bay is alone in its communal culture. While other boarding schools offer the same aspects of community, I maintain that Portsmouth Abbey creates a. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Portsmouth Abbey Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 11-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Catholic Non-denominational
Year Founded 1926 1910
Campus Size 525 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 360 students 298 students
% Students of Color
18%
20%
% International Students
16%
20%
% Students Boarding
70%
70%
Average SAT Score 1858 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1660 - 2122 -
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 19 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
80%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $44 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$56,490 $51,250
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,720 $27,800
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $37,500 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 31 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 72% -
Acceptance Rate
31%
56%
Director of AdmissionsSteve Pietraszek
Associate Director of AdmissionsWallace Gundy

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 19 16
CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, European History, French Language and Culture, Latin, Music Theory, Physics C, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, United States History, World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 17 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 32 23
ExtracurricularsA Flats, girls' a capella group, Abbey Singers, Appalachia Service Project, Astronomy Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Christian Community Service, Classics Club, Cultural Awareness Club, Debate Club, G Sharps, boys' a capella group, Horseback Riding, Jazz Club, March for Life Group, Model United Nations, Movie Club, New England Math League, Peer Tutors, Ping Pong Club, Pro Deo, orchestra, Radio station, WJHD, Red Key, campus tour guides, Saint Gregory's Alms, Scriptorium, scholarly journal, Social Committee, Spanish Club,

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston College 7
College of the Holy Cross 4
Northeastern University 4
The George Washington University 4
University of Notre Dame 4
Carnegie Mellon University 3
Brown University 2
Princetown University 2
University of Pennsylvania 2
Harvard University 1

School Notes

  • The aim of Portsmouth Abbey School is to help young men and women grow in knowledge and grace. Grounded in the Catholic faith and 1500-year-old Benedictine intellectual tradition, the School fosters:
  • Reverence-for God and the human person 
  • Respect-for learning and order 
  • Responsibility-for the shared experience of community life
  • Part of our mission is to live in a community that values each of its members our similarities and differences. This enables students to better understand themselves and the world around them. Our students thrive in this environment and can take full advantage of the spiritual, athletic, artistic, and service options that exist on our campus and beyond. This sense of community is strong and vibrant easy to feel although sometimes challenging to put into words.
  • We celebrate our achievements and we offer help to those in need in an effort to make this a more gracious community. We invite you to learn more about Portsmouth Abbey School in the following pages and our website; but most importantly please come and see it for yourself.
  • School accreditations: NEASC, TABS, NAIS
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